Cayenne Pain Relief Salve Recipe with Essential Oils for Pain
This chocolate and lavender scented cayenne pain relief salve recipe with essential oils provides natural relief from arthritis pain and sore muscles. Not only is it effective at relieving pain symptoms, it smells amazing! Discover how to make a natural pain relief salve using the best essential oils for pain.
This cayenne pain relief salve recipe is wonderful for treating pain caused by arthritis, sore muscles, stiffness and swelling. You can make it using either chili seed essential oil – a hotly pungent variety of Capsicum – or a cayenne extract – depending on what is most accessible to you. Both of these natural ingredients warm skin to help to relax tight or sore muscles.
I’ve also included neem oil as one of the ingredients for it’s healing and analgesic properties. For even more pain fighting power, you can opt to use arnica infused grapeseed oil over regular grapeseed oil in this recipe. Or even sub out the grape seed oil with your own favorite carrier oil of choice. (You can check out my chamomile balm recipe for instructions on how to make an herbal infusion.)
Finally, I scented this cayenne pain relief salve with a delicious fragrance blend of lavender and chocolate. The fragrance is optional, but it really smells amazing. I also created free printable labels for your cayenne pain relief salve to make it suitable for gifting.
(Allergic to capsicum? Try my homemade ginger salve recipe for sore muscles located here instead.)
Chocolate & Lavender Cayenne Pain Relief Salve Recipe
© Rebecca D. Dillon
.75 oz. beeswax
.25 oz. traditional emulsifying wax
1 oz. cocoa butter (or mango butter)
1 oz. shea butter
.75 oz. grapeseed oil (optional to infuse with arnica flowers)
.25 oz. neem oil
.05 oz. vitamin E oil
1.5 mL chili seed essential oil
1 mL lavender essential oil
1.5 mL chocolate fragrance oil of choice (or cocoa absolute to suit)
How to Make a Pain Relief Salve:
Using a digital scale, begin by weighing out the waxes and butters into a small glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat in the microwave at 50% power until the wax has melted completely, approximately 3 to 4 minutes. (Alternately you can use a double boiler.)
Now weigh out the grape seed oil and neem oil and stir into the melted wax and butters. Follow with the vitamin E oil.
Using a different graduated plastic transfer pipette for each ingredient, measure out and add the essential oils and fragrance. Stir well.
Now pour your cayenne pain relief salve evenly into your containers. I used two 2.65 oz. white dial up empty deodorant containers. However the 2.5 oz. size will also work. Allow the product to cool and solidify completely before placing the caps onto your containers.
Finally, print out the labels (found here) onto your choice of full size clear inkjet (or laser) labels. (I used labels from WorldLabel.) Plain white sticker labels will also work. Cut out the individual labels using scissors, remove the backing and adhere the labels to the front of your containers. And you’re done!
How to Use Cayenne Pain Relief Salve
To use, dial the product up the same as you would deodorant and apply to affected areas of skin as needed. Massage in. Avoid using on broken skin and be sure to wash your hands well after use. Due to the chili seed essential oil this product will irritate mucous membranes, eyes and other sensitive areas.
No time to make your own cayenne pain relief salve? Then consider purchasing Dr. Christopher’s Formula Cayenne Heat Ointment or Wild Carrot Herbals’ Ginger Body Butter.
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December 28, 2015 at 10:55 am
Sounds amazing! I’ve actually been looking for a good recipe to experiment with as I have RA and would love to making something for myself to help with discomfort. Thank you so much for another wonderful recipe.
February 16, 2016 at 10:37 am
This looks amazing! Where can I purchase a digital scale for mea this!!
Rebecca D. Dillon
February 16, 2016 at 1:40 pm
Thanks! I actually have and use this baker’s math scale. You can find it on Amazon as well as some soapmaking suppliers. Or you can also buy a postage scale or food scale that weights up to 1/100th of an ounce. I’ve always purchased my scales online as they seem to be high at local office supply stores.
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